(1/24/2013)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Raul Amaya - 93.3
2. Douglas Lima - 92.4
3. Muhammed Lawal - 92.4
4. Ben Askren - 92.0
5. Ben Saunders - 91.9
6. Jason Sampson - 91.6
7. Damon Jackson - 91.1
8. Cortez Coleman - 90.5
9. Brent Weedman - 90.2
10. Hunter Tucker - 90.0
Bellator 86: Askren vs. Amoussou
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
Elevation: 866'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Raul Amaya vs. Jose de Ribamar Machado Gomes
90.2
Fighters & Matches 88.6
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 90.1
86.4
Decision
15:00
     The first round took place standing, with both guys landing some solid shots, but for the most part, it was pretty clear that Coleman beat up Jones, securing the round for Coleman. The second round took place standing as well, with Coleman continuing to beat the shit out of Jones. Coleman rocked him hard a couple of times late in the round, leaving Coleman clearly ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. Jones was a lot more aggressive in the final round, and probably won the round, but he still clearly lost the fight, 29-28 across the board for Cortez Coleman.
88.5
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:43
      Jackson basically wrestled the shit out of Church in the first round, taking him down multiple times, and winning the majority of the scrambles. The second round was another solid wrestling match, with both guys scrambling around, looking for submissions, and just when it looked like Church might have Jackson in trouble with an arm lock, Jackson flipped him over, grabbed his back, and finished him with the rear-naked choke. Solid show of grappling skills by Damon Jackson.
90.2
TKO
(Punches)
3:12
      These guys both came out swinging, both sort of got rocked, and then Amaya knocked down Machado 30 seconds into the opening round, he jumped on his back, went for a rear-naked choke, but Machado broke free and got back to his feet. There was a wild scramble, Machado knocked down Amaya, and took his back, looking for a rear-naked choke of his own. Amaya broke free, and threw wild bombs at Machado's head, knocking him down again. This fight was fucking wild! Machado stood back up, Amaya continued to tee off on him, he knocked him down again with some brutal punches, and Machado got back to his feet again. Amaya knocked down Machado one more time, mounted him, punched the living fuck out of his face, and the referee was forced to stop the fight just past the 3 minute mark of the first round. Outstanding performance by Raul Amaya.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      Weedman immediately shot in, scooped up Zaromskis, and dumped him to the ground, with Weedman landing in side control. Zaromskis tried to stop him with a guillotine, but Weedman was working his Von Flue choke, which eventually forced Zaromskis to let go. Weedman postured up, landed a little ground & pound, and then they stood back up. Weedman continued to grind Zaromskis against the cage, but wasn't able to secure another takedown. Round one still goes to Weedman.
     They traded strikes for the first 90 seconds or so of the second round, at a slow pace. Weedman then shot in for another takedown, Zaromskis worked his way out, as Weedman was trying to make something happen from an awkward guard. Zaromskis then stood up, and for some reason, did a random back flip (was he looking to stomp on Weedman?), but Weedman threw up upkick, like a circus act juggling a ball with his feet, and then grabbed Zaromskis on his way down, grabbed his back, and started working for a rear-naked choke. Interesting round, but yeah, Weedman is still ahead, 2-0, going into the final round.
     Weedman came out swinging in the final round, he shot for a takedown, Zaromskis stuffed it, and then landed two illegal knees in a row, before the referee could tell him to stop. Zaromskis lost a point for the fouls. When the fight started back up, Zaromskis threw a spinning backfist, and Weedman ducked under it, and shot for another takedown. Zaromskis stuffed that, and ended up on top, where he beat up Weedman for a little while. Zaromskis probably won that round, but since he lost a point for the fouls, then I scored this fight 29-27 for Brent Weedman, and all 3 judges agreed.
88.4
Submission
(Armbar)
14:55
      Sampson beat up Pham with leg kicks in the first round, and took him down a couple of times, and even went for an armbar late in the round. Pham showed some decent takedown defense in the second round, but Sampson eventually brought him back down, mounted him, grabbed his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and then transitioned to an armbar at the end of the round. Sampson started the final round with a flying knee, a takedown, he grabbed Pham's back again, beat the shit out of him for a while, went for the rear-naked choke, transitioned to an armbar, and then a triangle, and then an armbar, and Pham was forced to tapout with 5 seconds left in the fight. Pretty outstanding performance by Jason Sampson.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      This fight was a pretty straight forward unanimous decision victory for Ben Saunders. He took the fight to the ground repeatedly, and beat up Adzitso with punches on the ground. Saunders also went for a few submission attempts throughout the fight. I thought Adzitso's wrestling looked pretty decent, as he was able to secure a couple of takedowns, but as usual with Saunders, whenever the fight went to the ground, Saunders would immediately start working his guard, looking for submissions. So yeah, nice win for Ben Saunders, even though I don't know who Koffi Adzitso is.
89.8
TKO
(Leg Kicks)
6:44
      Tsarev tried to start the first round with a single leg takedown, but failed miserably, and when the fight did finally go to the ground, Lima ended up on top, in the guard of Tsarev. Nothing was happening, so the referee stood them back up. At the very end of the round, Lima landed a big leg kick to the knee of Tsarev, which caused him to hobble back to his corner, so that was the most significant strike of the round for sure. Lime chopped him back down with another brutal leg kick to start the second round. From there, he chopped him down multiple times, just kicking the living shit out of that lead leg, causing Tsarev to pretty much lose the ability to walk, ending the fight somewhat early in the second round. Awesome display of leg kicks by Douglas Lima.
89.5
TKO
(Punches)
3:52
      King Mo spent the first 3 minutes or so of this fight picking apart Mysiala with his boxing, throwing a punch and backing out, throwing a punch and backing out. Mysiala's face was a bloody mess pretty early on, but King Mo showed some solid patience, not really making any mistakes at all. Mysiala eventually got tired of getting hit, and started swinging wildly, nothing landed, King Mo blasted him with a beautiful crisp right hook, Mysiala fell to the ground, and waved off the fight. Decent win for King Mo, even though I've never heard of Mysiala.
89.8
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
15:00
      Amoussou threw a few strikes, and then Askren took him down inside the first 30 seconds of the opening round. Askren was comfortable hanging out inside Amoussou's guard for the entire round, while he beat him up with punches & elbows, busting open Amoussou's forehead. Round one clearly goes to Askren. Askren shot for a takedown early in the second round, but Amoussou stuffed it, and then fell back for a heel hook, but Askren stayed calm, there was a scramble, and Askren ended up back inside Amoussou's guard, beating the shit out of him with big punches & elbows for the rest of the round. Amoussou's face is a bloody mess going into the third round. Askren immediately shot in for a takedown in the third round, Amoussou stuffed it, but Askren completed his second attempt. This time he landed in half mount, where he beat the shit out of Amoussou with a lot of big punches & elbows. The doctor stopped the fight after the third round, because Amoussou's face had absorbed too much damage to continue.
86.1
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
8:17
      The first round had Tucker beating up Obregon with his striking to start the round. They spent the last half of the round grappling with each other, both guys went for a choke or two, both guys controlled a little bit of the ground game, but in the end, round one goes to Tucker. The second round had Tucker picking apart Obregon on the feet, until Obregon shot for a takedown late in the round, Tucker caught him in a guillotine choke, and Obregon tapped out with around 90 seconds left in the second round. Decent submission victory for Hunter Tucker.
OVERALL 90.1
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